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    SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH RT 0/2] futex priority based wakeup
    On Wed, May 10, 2006 at 04:32:14PM +0200, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
    > On Wed, 2006-05-10 at 15:03 +0200, Sébastien Dugué wrote:
    > > Maybe the pthread_cond_*() function should be made to use the
    > > PI-futexes support in glibc.
    > <hack_alert>
    > There is a simple way to do so. Just remove the assembler version of
    > pthread_cond_xx and use the generic c code implementation in glibc. That
    > allows you to use a PI mutex for the outer mutex.
    > </hack_alert>

    I don't see how would that help. Both asm and sysdeps/pthread/*.c
    versions call __pthread_mutex_unlock_usercnt/__pthread_mutex_cond_lock,
    which will DTRT for the mutex passed as second argument to
    pthread_mutex_*wait (assuming you have Ulrich's/mine PI nptl patch).
    But, there are 2 other futexes used by condvars - internal condvar's lock
    and __data.__futex. If the associated mutex uses PI protocol, then
    I'm afraid the internal condvar lock needs to follow the same protocol
    (i.e. use FUTEX_*LOCK_PI), otherwise a low priority task calling
    pthread_cond_* and acquiring the internal lock, then scheduled away
    indefinitely because of some middle-priority CPU hog could delay
    some high priority task calling pthread_cond_* on the same condvar.
    But, there is a problem here - pthread_cond_{signal,broadcast} don't
    have any associated mutexes, so you often don't know which type
    of protocol you want to use for the internal condvar lock.
    Now, for the __data.__futex lock POSIX seems to be more clear,
    all it says is that the wake up should happen according to the scheduling
    policy (but, on the other side for pthread_mutex_unlock it says the same
    and we still use FIFO there).

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